Kuro Tarangire

Kuro Tarangire: Our full report

Rooms
6
Traveller's rating
Excellent (97%) From 6 reviews
Children
Best for 12+
Open
Jun to mid Mar

One of the most recent additions to the area, Kuro Tarangire is a tented camp in the centre of Tarangire National Park in northern Tanzania. Well-known for its huge herds of elephant, drawn to the nearby Tarangire river in the dry season, you can also see game such as gerenuk here, which is rare elsewhere in the region.

We first visited Kuro Tarangire in June 2017 and were very impressed with the overall quality of the camp. This is unsurprising given that it is run by Nomad, which operates some of the best camps across Tanzania – including sister camps Lamai Serengeti and Serengeti Safari Camp.

Kuro Tarangire is situated in a very pretty part of the park, with conveniently quick access from the airstrip, and plenty of game to be seen en route, which is not always the case for some camps located in drier parts of the park.

The main area of the camp is a large, airy wooden and thatch structure with a lounge to one side and dining to the other. A shaded veranda, that runs the full length of the room and overlooks the lightly wooded surroundings, provides a lovely spot to relax on a director’s chair. On our recent visit, we were lucky enough to enjoy lunch here while observing a large herd of elephants grazing just in front of us. The camp tells us that this outlook is one the elephants especially like to visit all year round!

The décor is typical of Nomad camps – very much in keeping with its surroundings but with thoughtful, stylish touches throughout. Heavy, rustic wooden furniture is offset with leather, sheepskin, cowhides and earthy brown and red tones. There is plenty of comfortable seating and a small selection of books, games and curios. A couple of wooden partitions and the bar separate the lounge and dining areas.

Kuro Tarangire’s six tented rooms are spread out in a line, with three located either side of the main area, and far enough apart to feel private and secluded. There is one family unit which comprises two interconnecting rooms, sleeping up to five people.

Despite only opening in 2014, the camp has already had a revamp in 2017 and certainly looks fresh and new. The tented rooms have been made more permanent, with thatched roofs, wooden supports and wooden stable doors. A large wrap-around veranda, set with director’s chairs and a day bed, provides plenty of shade.

Inside, the rooms are bright and airy. They have a real beach feel, thanks to the white draped mosquito nets, striped bedspread and light-coloured furnishings. The rooms can be configured as doubles or twins, and it’s possible to add a third single bed. As well as a small sofa at the foot of the bed, there is a writing desk and cowhide stool in one corner.

The en-suite bathroom is at the back of the room behind a simple yet stylish semi-transparent screen. There is a sink and hanging area for clothes, and a lockable pouch for valuables. The flushing toilet and bucket shower are off to one side, behind their own wooden partitions, and there is also an outside shower with a relatively open wooden screen for privacy. A selection of toiletries and fluffy white towels are provided.

One of the benefits of being in Tarangire National Park is that a range of safari activities are possible from certain camps and lodges. As well as the usual game drives, Kuro can offer bush walks and night drives, which can be a real highlight of an otherwise vehicle-based safari trip.

The best time to visit is during the dry season from July to October, when wildlife in Tarangire is at its most abundant. You should be able to see very high number of elephant, giraffe and buffalo, as well as plenty of plains game including some of the more rarely sighted species, such as gerenuk. Tarangire is one of the best places in northern Tanzania for keen birders, with up to 500 species found in the park.

The camp is closed during the heavy rains in April and May.

Our view

Despite being a camp with permanent rooms instead of traditional canvas tents, Kuro Tarangire retains the feel of a rustic bush camp, with its intimate set-up and an excellent team behind it. Its stylish design and great location make it one of the best options in this beautiful park.

Geographics

Location: Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Ideal length of stay: Stay here for two to three nights to make the most of the area.

Directions: You can either take the two to three hour drive from Arusha to get here, or you can fly to Kuro Airstrip, which is about a 15 minute drive from the camp.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Nomad

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Food quality: During our last visit to the camp in June 2017, we only stayed for lunch but, given our extensive experience of Nomad’s other camps, we would expect all meals to be of a very good standard.

We understand that breakfast is normally taken as a picnic out on a game drive, to make the most of the early morning animal activity. If guests wish, breakfast in camp consists of a buffet of fruit, bread and pastries, cold meats and cheese. A cooked breakfast can be ordered from the chef.

Lunch can be taken in the bush as well but most guests prefer to return to the camp during the heat of the day to relax in the shade. Lunch is prepared as a buffet and guests eat at individual tables. We had a lovely light lunch of vegetable pizza, cucumber and apple salad, and sweet potato and red onion salad. We finished our meal with fruit salad. It was fresh and plentiful. We thought it was particularly impressive that the camp bakes all its bread and pizza out in the bush kitchen!

Dinner is usually communal and hosted by one of the camp managers. There is a set menu with a light starter, a main course of beef, chicken, pork, lamb or fish accompanied by a selection of vegetable dishes, followed by dessert. Nomad takes care to coordinate the menu with their other camps, so if guests are on a circuit they won’t have the same dishes.

Dining style: Mixture of group dining and individual tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included

Drinks included: Most drinks are included although Champagne is an additional cost. Bottled drinking water is provided for guests.

Further dining info: Room service is available

Children

Attitude towards children: The camp welcomes families with older children.

Property’s age restrictions: The camp only accepts children aged 10 and over, although younger children could be accommodated at the discretion of management.

Special activities & services: There are no special activities at Kuro but the staff are happy to provide some simple entertainment where possible.

Equipment: None

Notes: This is a wild unfenced camp, with plenty of game in the area, so children should be under parental supervision. Only children aged 12 and over are allowed on walking safaris.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Solar Power

Power supply notes: There is a backup generator so power is available 24 hours a day. There are charging points in the rooms and main area.

Communications: WiFi is available in the rooms but not in the main area. There is limited cellphone reception.

TV & radio: There is a TV in the staff quarters and guests are welcome to watch big sports matches here.

Water supply: Borehole

Water supply notes: There are bucket showers and flushing toilets in the rooms.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: The camp managers and guides are first-aid trained and there are first-aid kits both in the main camp area and the safari vehicles. The closest hospital is in Arusha, about two to three hours away.

Dangerous animals: High Risk

Security measures: There are armed askaris (guards) on site and guests are escorted during hours of darkness.

Fire safety: There is a fire break around camp and fire extinguishers in all the rooms.

Extras

Disabled access: Not Possible

Laundry facilities: Laundry is included, hand-washed and line dried. The camp does not wash ladies underwear but there is washing powder in the rooms for this.

Money: A lockable pouch is provided in each room for valuables; guests can choose to take this with them in the vehicles or have it put in the main camp safe. There is no currency exchange available.

Accepted payment on location: Payment is accepted in cash or with Visa and Mastercard, for a small charge.

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